Friday, November 22, 2013

Deep Purple: Made In Japan 40th Anniversary edition coming

A 40th Anniversary edition of Deep Purple’s “Made In Japan” is in production and set to be released in March 2014.

Originally issued in December 1972 (in the UK; April 1973 in the US), “Made In Japan” captured the band live over three nights in August 1972 at Festival Hall in Osaka and at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.

"Deep Purple was at the height of its powers,” said keyboardist Jon Lord. “That double album was the epitome of what we stood for in those days. It wasn’t meant to be released outside of Japan. The Japanese said, 'Will you please make a live album?' We said, 'We don’t make live albums; we don’t believe in them.' We finally said okay, but said we wanted the rights to the tapes because we didn’t want the album to be released outside of Japan. That album only cost about $3,000 to make. It sounded pretty good, so we said to Warner Bros., 'Do you want this?' They said, 'No, live albums don’t happen.' They wound up putting it out anyway and it went platinum in about two weeks."

“Made In Japan” reached No. 1 in several countries and peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

The 40th Anniversary edition will see the original album coupled with new remixes of all 3 nights, a new documentary and a 60-page booklet with rare / unseen photos.

More detail about the project will be announced soon.

Deep Purple are among the nominees for the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and have been touring in support of their latest album, “NOW What!?”

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